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Koch’s Tour

So Much For “Patient Privacy”…….

The Obama Administration has been getting hammered recently for their lack of preparation in the lead-up to the “official” roll-out of The Great and Powerful Obamacare on January 1, 2014.

A mere 100 days before people are supposed to start signing up to be in the government exchanges, the administration finally decided it might be time to put up a hotline for people to get more information about what it’s all about, and what they need to do.

Wanting to be helpful (no, really - I just wanted to see how efficiently my tax dollars are being used; being a pest was merely a happy little added benefit), I decided to give the folks at the hotline a call (1-800-318-2596) and see just how much help they were going to be to the unsuspecting Low Information Voter (LIV) who decided they wanted to throw some extra money the government’s way (remember, the Supreme Court said that the government cannot force the citizenry to purchase ANYTHING).

Whoo boy.

Let me just start out by saying that if the young ladies I spoke with are any indication, Obamacare is one big implosion just waiting to happen.

There are currently 30-35 states (out of 50) who took the SCOTUS at their word, and chose not to “take advantage” of the government’s poison pill for setting up their own exchanges.  So Obama’s team gets to set up exchanges in those 30-35 states (have fun with that, m’kay guys?).

Guess who has no idea who is going to be running the exchanges in those states?  Or how much a basic policy is going to cost?  Or who is going to be paying the difference between the amount a “low-income” person will have to pay and the cost of the policy? (I neglected to point out that any exchange run by the federal government will not be eligible for the subsidies promised by the President and Congress, as expressly written in the bill – didn’t want anyone’s head to explode)

The first young lady told me that “nobody” has to pay that difference – the insurance company would be paying it.  When I tried to explain to her that the insurance company most definitely DOES NOT pay for a person’s policy, she tried her best to convince me that oh, yes, they do……

These people have no idea what a bare bones policy will cost – only that there will be a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum level of coverage.  They don’t know what the deductibles are going to be, nor do they know what the co-pays will be.  They have no idea how much of a percentage of a family’s income will be required to be shelled out for a policy premium – even though it is spelled out in black and white in the original legislation.

(She helpfully informed me that the insurance company had to pay “80/20″, but I had to inform her that the number she was quoting – per what I can only guess she was reading verbatim off of the screen in front of her – referred to the amount that had to be paid out by the company in health care costs vs. administrative costs, and had nothing to do with the cost of individual policies whatsoever).

I guess I flustered the first sweet young thing too much with my desire for explicit answers, because I was asked if I wanted to speak to an “escalation specialist” - I guess that’s the new customer-friendly term for a supervisor.   MORE
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» 11 Comments

  1. Creepy-Ass PACKER

    June 29th, 2013

    That’s what we get for turning over the responsibility for medical bill payment to third parties.

    Where’s LBJ’s grave so I can go piss on it? Right here:

    http://goo.gl/maps/NAuH7

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  2. Carlos The Jackal

    June 29th, 2013

    I understand there’s a government guide book for obamacare, but the damn thing’s written in cursive…

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  3. Dadof4

    June 29th, 2013

    It’s almost as if they intended for it to fail.

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  4. Birdie Num Num-Enemy of the State

    June 29th, 2013

    Uhh…You do realize that the 2009 cartoon is pretty much coming from the left arguing for moving to an Obamacare-Single payer type system.

    Yup – Cardigan

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  5. thirdtwin

    June 29th, 2013

    Obamacare: Jobs for Jenteals

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  6. Maudie N Mandeville

    June 29th, 2013

    she said I should hear back from them within 2-5 business days (good thing I didn’t need a lung transplant).–lol

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  7. norman einstein

    June 29th, 2013

    Biggest boondoggle EVER!

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  8. Dr. Tar

    June 29th, 2013

    I’m sure glad I don’t engage in any risky behavior that might endanger my health. You know typical protard stuff like sex with strangers, anal sex, sharing needles with other drug addicts, doing any drugs at all, drinking and driving, smoking, over eating, extreme sports, and voting Democrat.

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  9. conservative cowgirl

    June 29th, 2013

    “escalation specialist”?! That’s a peculiar term to use. In law enforcement, escalation of force delineates how much force is necessary to effect an arrest, with verbal communication being the low end of the scale. So, is the Obamacare “escalation specialist” the Obamacare cop who gets a little too enthusiastic with “customer” compliance?

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  10. Creepy-Ass PACKER

    June 29th, 2013

    I think an “escalation specialist” in the Obamacare sense is the person who actually instructs the Jeantels that to get to the second-story intake office one must actually put one’s left foot onto the moving escalator step QUICKLY followed by the right; that’s assuming she knows left from right.

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  11. Stirrin the BS

    June 29th, 2013

    @Norm – “….Biggest boondoggle EVER!….”

    Oblowmecare + IRS = Biggest most comprehensive database EVER!

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